Zine Set (5 zine essays)
cinemóvil nyc is a revolutionary mobile cinema collective that is leading the charge for a new form of people-powered cinema, operating outside the bounds of the capitalist film industry. Produced by the collective, these zines explore film & culture through a radical lens, providing a great overview of the collective’s vital perspective.
Manifesto 1: We Are Practitioners of Guerrilla Cinema
written by cinemóvil nyc
The collective’s first manifesto piece clarifying their positions & aims. This beautiful risograph-printed single-page foldout is a must-have for all those interested in radical cinema!
The Brand That Feeds You
written by Zenzelé Soa-Clarke
On the eve of the release of Summer’s most marketed film, writer Zenzelé Soa-Clarke invites you to consider the burgeoning age of the “brand movie,” and how we arrived here. Capitalizing on decades of manufactured nostalgia, this new “super-genre” reveals much about the current state of Hollywood & the media landscape at large. And with Mattel Inc planning a cinematic universe of 45 films, the “brand movie” might be here to stay (if we allow it).
The Bomb Hardly (Agit)Pops
written by A.E. Hunt
The recent film How to Blow Up A Pipeline — which borrows its title from Andreas Malm’s 2019 tract on environmental activism — represents perhaps the most blatant of recent attempts by the mainstream American film industry to co-opt the aesthetics of radical movements for corporate profit. Writer A.E. Hunt explores all of the thorny dynamics at play around the production and content of the film.
The Politics of Cum: Mission Drift and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
written by Emily Rose Apter
A brilliant & concise dive into the dirty world of nonprofit funding & repressive control of the arts, using Charles de Agustin’s experimental short film Mission Drift as a jumping off point. A great primer on the nonprofit industrial complex!
Don’t Look Up – A Critical Analysis
written by Ali Jaffery
This inaugural critical film essay from the collective (released in early 2022) is a deeply insightful & cutting exploration of the “Netflixization” of cinema, and the nihilistic horizons that it portends. The essay argues convincingly that films like Don’t Look Up, counter to their marketing, actually serve to demobilize the masses – and that this demobilization is intentional.
All pieces edited & released by cinemóvil nyc.